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Sep 3, 2010 7:00am PDT
steam. it's now a category 2 storm. we're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. the waves have been very high there already. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. shelters being set up in some areas. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense of security. >> being prepare said what they're saying. we have our correspondents in the storm zone, up and down the coast. we lead off with sam champion on virginia beach. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. good morning, elizabeth. this is a category 2 hurricane. there was some weakening
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Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
flames in several directions. so far, no injuries have been reported. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 racehorses. four barns near the racetrack in charlestown burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene, as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. >>> at least one person has been killed and three others injured after a small plane crashed on a residential street in southern nevada. authorities say the single-engine plane burst into flames in a crash in henderson monday. witnesses say it crashed upside down. and local residents had to douse it with hodeses before they could rescue the trapped passengers. >>> now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. as we mentioned earlier, tropical storm hermine is pounding most of texas today. other stormy spots include the rest of the gulf coast,rest of louisiana into georgia. most of florida and around the great lakes. >> the rest of the country is mostly seasonable and pretty dry. in the upper midwe
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Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. jonathan karl, abc news, sterling, virginia. >>> later this evening, virginia is set to execute a woman in a case that raises fundamental questions about who gets the death penalty and who does not. teresa lewis admits she's guilty. so, why are so many respected people saying this execution is wrong? jim sciutto is outside the prison in jarratt, virginia. >> reporter: teresa lewis has confessed to a cold and calculating crime, asking her lover and a friend to kill her husband and stepson to collect a $250,000 life insurance policy in a jailhouse interview with cnn, she pled for forgiveness. >> i just wish i could take it back. and i'm sorry for all the people that i've hurt. >> reporter: but complicating the case, lewis did not pull the trigger. the men who did only got life in prison. and crucially, court-appointed doctors found she only had an i.q. of 72, just two points above the legal minimum for execution in virginia. a duke university psychologist who examined her concluded teresa's functional mental age is in the range of 12 to 14 years. rallying to her cause are novelist john gr
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Sep 24, 2010 2:05am PDT
car. it's made in virginia, runs anywhere, and tops 100 miles a gallon. >> with a total efficiency of 102.5 mpg. >> reporter: the futuristic four-seater won progressive insurance company's automotive x-prize, a year-long race to design an ultra-efficient car that's safe, affordable and desirable. >> you don't have to choose between beautiful, fast, affordable, safe, and 100 miles per gallon or greater. you can get them all. >> reporter: this car is not alone. hybrids and electric cars like the chevy volt are pushing the boundaries of fuel efficiency. uncle sam already insists cars average 35 miles a gallon by 2015. environmental groups, citing this car, are already urged the obama administration to make that 60 miles a gallon by 2025. >> it's time we feel the market actually wants these vehicles, with the government mandating it, the car companies are going to be producing it. >> reporter: seeking electric cars for the future edison 2. in the end the light car beat out hybrids with gasoline. >> it is the car of the future, there's no doubt in my mind. >> reporter: the designers all
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Sep 24, 2010 4:00am PDT
is executed in virginia. pleas to spare her went right up to the very end. >>> states of emergency in the upper midwest. the water came up fast after a powerful storm. >>> and new restrictions for a once-popular drug. we'll hear from the doctor who first raised the red flag. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us on this friday morning. we begin, now, with the first woman executed here in the u.s. in five years. she's been put to death in virginia. >> theresa lewis' case gained international attention, not just because of her gender. but supporters argue that she was not smart enough to carry out the crimes. here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: theresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in almost 50 years. lewis was sentenced to detd in 2003, for hiring two killers who shot her husband and her stepson. according to prosecutors, the two were lured into lewis' scheme by sex and money. the money was to promise to split the son's and husband's life insurance with him. lewis confessed to the plot. >> i just wish i could take it back. >> reporter: according
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Sep 1, 2010 4:00am PDT
. the governor of virginia plans to declare a state of emergency in his state later today. >>> and even a slight change in the storm's track could make an enormous difference. >> with the latest on the path, we're joined by accuweather's jeanette calle. hi, jeannette. >> good morning, rob and mike. we're keeping an eye on earl, which is a major hurricane. it is continuing to track to the northwest at about 14 miles per hour. it is north of his pan nola. but is it going to run east of the bahamas. there is a tropical storm warning in effect for the turks and caicos islands. behind earl, we have fiona, which is moving westward, set to impact the leeward islands today, with tropical storm force winds and rainfall. here's the forecast eye path with hurricane earl. it's going to be approaching the southeast coast throughout the day today. so, expect to see dangerous rip currents, anywhere from coastal of ida to coastal are south carolina. a hurricane watch was issued for those areas north of surf city, north carolina, into the north carolina/virginia border. and it's going to make its closest approac
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Sep 24, 2010 11:35pm PDT
of lynchburg, virginia, with similar phone tactics. >> saved message, wednesday, 1:58 p.m. >> yeah, that's what i thought, you're not going to pick up the phone, huh? yeah, i have you scared, you don't want to pick up the phone now? huh? it is because you're in bed with your sister? or with your mom, your cousin? huh? or what? little punk. >> reporter: but it was a case of mistaken identity. burke says he received calls like that for months until they finally realized they had the wrong person. >> the calls came from a blocked number. the individual would not identify himself. i had no way to put an end to the phone calls. >> reporter: both burke and allen jones sued a.c.t. >> yeah, that's what i thought. >> reporter: jones' lawyers claim the company hires young, aggressive collectors and supervisors with shady backgrounds and has a culture of using racist approaches to get someone to pay up. >> in my opinion, they'll dehumanize anybody to get the money. >> the collectors get paid a percentage. a percentage of what they collect. >> reporter: we have system that they're going outside on breaks a
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Sep 26, 2010 11:00pm PDT
states. california is one of those where the guns were sold. the others are georgia, florida, virginia, texas, indiana, ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina and arizona. the report says criminals and gun traffickers may favor states with more relaxed gun laws. >>> politics now with congressional elections just 37 days away. the democrats brought out the big guns. bill clinton hit the trail. president obama follows tomorrow. and where they are campaigning speaks volumes about the party's difficulties right now. here is bradley. >> president barack obama played basketball on sunday with his two daughters sasha and malea. just about every other washington insider played politics. former president bill clinton barn -- barnstormed for other candidates where they could gain control of the house and the senate. >> their argument is we dug a $3 trillion hole in eight years and they didn't get us out in 21 months. >> republicans faulted the democrats for not pushing the tax cuts beyond the november election. >> it would be the most irresponsible thing i have seen since i have been in washington,
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Sep 1, 2010 2:05am PDT
in place north of sur city, north carolina/virginia border. it's g northeasterly track as we head into the labor day weekend and perhaps impacting the new england coast by this labor day weekend with destructive waves. peak wind gusts over 65 miles and rob and mike, perhaps even somevy r >> all right, jeannette, thank you. >>> as for the forecat noee som hail, gusty winds and a chance of tornados in wichita, omaha, and sioux city. showers and thunderstorms from the southern plains to the great lks. showers in the northern rockies. >> just shn and sea 91 in colorado springs. 95 in sacramento. 77 in fargo. 81 in chicago. 86 in detroit. 90s along the entire east coast and gulf coast. >>> in other news this morning defense secretary robert gates has arrived in iraq to meet with u.s. troops as they formally close down their combat mission. president obama made the formal announcement last night from the en n usement last night from the >> reporter: hi, rob,omor >> reporter: hi, rob,omor 2003 to declare war in iraq. and with ather i said, it's over. >> good evening. >> reporter: the ann
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Sep 1, 2010 11:00pm PDT
as a category 3 by tomorrow evening. hurricane warnings are up for carolina and virginia. as you notice, the category 3 becomes a 2 heading parallel to the new england coastline for the holiday weekend. it is a dangerous category 4. the biggest threat with this will be the rain, the wind and the potential for some rip currents. here in the bay area it was the heat today. very summer like. numbers in the 90s. look at the mid to upper 90s. 97 in concord. even around the bay, 90 in oakland and 91 in san rafael. coastal areas are on the warm side. half moon bay in san francisco in the 70s and the 80s. by the way, pacifica came up a good 21 from yesterday's highs. just to give you an indication as to the magnitude of the heat, the high definition emeryville camera, sun down at 7:39. no fog in sight. but that is going to change. the numbers right now are under clear skies. really warm still. 60s and 70s except in half moon bay where it is 55 degrees. another hot day inland tomorrow. not as warm at the coast. and we are facing a cooling trend heading into the weekend. watch what happens on our
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Sep 2, 2010 5:00am PDT
of the eastern seaboard by tonight. you can see the gail force winds here off virginia and we will be looking at some very strong winds, a couple inches of rain throughout new york city. temperatures today then a little cooler downtown. we're out of the 80s. 78 san francisco. look for 85 in oakland. upper 80s through san rafael. so you'll come down around 3 degrees today. not much. and you head inland 97 in concord. look for 98 livermore, 94 san jose and down by the monterey bay. a little cooling here at our beaches, 75. but inland it's as hot today as yesterday. it was 96 in morgan hill as well as hollister. here's the look ahead. you'll notice today triple digit heat east of the caldecott tunnel with cooling at our coast. tomorrow cooling spreads around the bay and inland and over the weekend breezier through labor day and looks like we'll be back into that pattern of cooler than average into early next week. good morning, megan. >> just got word of an injury crash in concord. westbound highway 4 at willow pass road. emergency crews heading to the scene there. no word if any lanes are block
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Sep 4, 2010 7:00am PDT
, virginia, and virginia beach. and suspended service until this morning between new york and boston. southwest airlines canceled 65 flights. while continental canceled about 60 departures from its hub at newark's liberty airport. and marysol castro is in montauk, new york, with more on the travel angle. mary, good morning to you. >> good morning, dan. good morning, everyone. here at ditch plains, the aftermath. here, there was a lot of debris that washed ashore on the beaches and throughout the city streets. the other issue, of course, was the rough surf. at the height of the storm, 30-mile-per-hour to 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts. and very rough seas. 16-foot seas. this morning, you can still see the seas are angry. a few brave souls out there. but this is much calmer than what we saw overnight. heavy rain drenched long island, as earl pushed northward. massive waves scattering debris along the shoreline. nature's wrath making the roads unsafe. hundreds of vacationers here in montauk are holed up in their hotel rooms, as the driving rain and wind pass through. last-minute emergency
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Sep 2, 2010 7:00am PDT
, preparations are under way. the governors of north carolina, virginia and maryland declared states of emergency. bob mcdonald activated the national guard, sending 200 troops to the chesapeake bay area. the postal service is delivering social security checks early to the coastal area of north carolina, virginia, maryland, delaware and new york. and the u.s. navy returning home from somalia, rushed to get home to virginia, ahead of the bad weather. on this beach, even the sea turtle nests were picked up and moved for safety. and surf's up in wrights head, north carolina. but it's extremely rough. and tourists are told to get out. now. >> they kicked us out this morning. >> they won't let us stay. they're going to make us sit in this traffic. >> back to jersey. >> reporter: with hurricane earl so close to the coastline, the entire east coast is threatened. if this storm jogs a little bit one way or the other, it will make a huge difference in which areas are affected. here at atlantic beach, herb and cindy know better. they're not taking any chances, moving their furniture indoors. since you've b
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Sep 27, 2010 5:00am PDT
about the economy with local families in albuquerque, des moines and richmond, virginia. also getting help from another heavy hitting on the campaign trail. emily schmidt has more. >> at the end of september, politics. feels like november. >> you ought to be there for him on election day. >> heavy hitters are campaigning in races that would have been a cinch in the past. democrat barney frank has been in congress for 30 years but this year republicans are threatening to take back control of the hill. >> when we don't have people trying to make things work and trying to obstruct, we can provide the economy this country deserves. >> before they have a right to be angry, they have a right to be disappointed but they still have to make a choice. a referendum is a choice between two candidates. >> bill clinton stumped in two states this weekend. he hit four states he won in the past. >> it means there's no such thing as a state's state for democrats this year. no such thing as a dark blue state. no such thing as a safe slam dunk election. >> both parties are focussed on the economy and who
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Sep 18, 2010 7:00am PDT
morning, everyone. let's turn to virginia beach. for those of you trying to get the last licks of summer in, be wary. rough surf will be an issue this weekend. down in virginia beach, 6-foot to 12-foot seas. and the rip currents will be treacherous, as well. the culprit, as we mentioned all morning, hurricane igor. churning in the atlantic. going to take a hit on bermuda by monday. it's a category 2. packing 105-mile-per-hour winds. it's 600 miles to the east of the east coast. but it's such a ma thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by avon. dan? >> mary, thank you. >>> yet again this morning, we're talking about lindsay lohan. and yet again, it is not something positive. she tested positive for drugs in a court-ordered test. she went on twitter last night to say she is still, quote, a work in progress. any progress she makes now may happen in jail. meg oliver has more. >> pull it together. you're a mess. do you think anyone wants to work with a drunk? take it from me. they don't. >> reporter: less than a week after poking fun at her substance abuse problems during
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Sep 29, 2010 4:00am PDT
with families in des moines. and then, richmond, virginia, talking about their economic struggles, before heading back to the white house. falsely>>> that a stranger had attacked her with acid is expected to plead not xlt in court later today. bethany storro accepted thousands in donations before admitting she threw the acid on herself. authorities do believe she suffers from some mental health issues. >>> and on this national coffee day, dunkin' donuts and career builder conducted a survey to see who is most in need of a morning fix. the survey said 32% of workers needed coffee just to get through the workday. the profession that needed their cup of joe the most, nurses. >> us, too. >>> for some of you, your local news is coming up next. >> for others, rent-a-wolf. revealing the truth about wildlife films. i was! well, you could enjoy the taste of decadent dark chocolate, the crunch of almonds, plus 35% of your daily fiber... plus antioxidants in a kellogg's fiber plus bar. mmmm. right then. two more wishes? i'm good. oh. back to the lamp then. see ya! [ female announcer ] kellogg's fibe
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Sep 1, 2010 5:30pm PDT
many people had hoped to spend their last vacation of summer. north carolina, virginia, maryland, all under states of emergency tonight. and our steve osunsami is waiting for earl in hatteras. >> reporter: on hatteras island >> back to jersey. visitors from across the world were told the hurricane is >> pain in the butt. >> reporter: bill and his family were forced to abandon their two-week vacation and drive back to maryland tonight. >> rented a big house and they kicked us out this morning. >> reporter: a group of friends who planned to spend the week in this house is now on the road to canada. >> we're heading back to >> yes, 18 hours, straight. >> reporter: today, the one road off the island was a slow-moving mess. >> they won't let us stay. they're going to make us sit in this traffic. >> reporter: the storm is skirt the eastern coastline. but state officials worry it could change its mind. >> there have been times when people have sworn to us that on top of us. >> reporter: fema is shipping bottled water, generators and 300,000 peoples to north carolina and massachusetts. >> we
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Sep 1, 2010 6:00pm PDT
hours, so hurricane warnings up from north carolina up towards virginia. early as 11 tomorrow night, they can be dealing with rain, wind, and rip currents. here in the bay area there is a hotter days inland. triple digits z cooler at the coast. and there is upper 30s there. and sanda, thank you up next a nemesis of the sharks decides to join them this season. >>> getting its first gay student tonight at 9:00 why the creators of archie comics are adding the character and reaction from reader autos then at 11:00 air, community comes together for this fremont police officer shot in the line of duty. its coming up for you on news at 9:00 and 11:00. >> you and z.now, tension in 49ers land. >> yes. larry beil is here. >> there is a little friction. >> yes. >> and there is a little bit of a family feud nork big deal at training camp. a confrontation is no punches thrown or anything like that. they had to leave the field. david, bern never shy and named one of the team captains. would not happy with crabtree's attitude or work ethic. crabtree objected. result was a shouting match. and and.
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Sep 6, 2010 4:00am PDT
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Sep 13, 2010 4:00am PDT
. >>> president obama visits fairfax, virginia, where he will meet with a local family in their home before hosting a discussion on the economy with families from the area. >>> ntsb investigators are set to begin reconstructing a natural gas pipeline that exploded into that giant deadly fireball which leveled an entire neighborhood in san bruno, california. >>> fire crews in colorado are battling a second major wildfire in the foothills. at least one home in loveland has been destroyed and others are threatened. >>> and television history will be made today as oprah winfrey begins her 25th and final season on the air. most of the guest list is top secret but we do know that the queen will dance on stage with actor john travolta. >> she'll be keeping busy, january 1st, own, oprah winfrey network launches on cable. >> for some of you your local news is next. >>> from ground zero. you a survive tree retrieved from the ashes and about to be regaining its place. morning pain slow you down? ♪ introducing bayer am, an extra strength pain reliever with alertness aid, specially formulated to fight
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Sep 13, 2010 5:30pm PDT
with middle class voters in fairfax, virginia, today. >> i'm a massage therapist. >> i've got a crick in my neck. >> i bet you do. >> reporter: and there he continued to push the idea that republicans have a stranglehold on a middle class tax cut and are holding it hostage until it's extended to wealthier americans as well. >> because wages and incomes had flat-lined for middle class families, they should definitely get an extension of the tax cuts that were instituted in 2001, 2003. >> reporter: over the weekend, house republican leader john boehner essentially gave in, saying he'd go along with continuing those bush tax cuts for middle-class voters, even if the cuts for higher wage earners are allowed to expire. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but today, leader boehner realized he was out on a limb all by himself. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said senate republicans are united against any tax increase. >> only in washington could someone propose a tax hike as an antidote to a recession and this is no sm
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Sep 16, 2010 11:00am PDT
, virginia. here the investigators say they plan to reassemble the pieces and test the components in an effort to understand exactly what led to last week's explosion and fire. the ntsb said a final report on that blast could take a year to complete. and you can find fire dispatch audio recordings from the night the fire broke out as well as resources for residents and information on how to help. on our website at abc7news.com. well, students at an elementary school in san bruno are being sent home for the day after reports of a gas smell in the school rattled a lot of nerves. police and firefighters chose to evacuate the children after getting the first report of a gas smell this morning. pg&e investigators now believe the smell was the result of a heater being turned on after not having been used for a while. students moved off to miles drive where parents are arriving to pick them up and take them home. >> the danger has just ended at a prestigious hospital in baltimore, maryland. a gunman who shot a doctor at johns hopkins hospital has just been shot and killed by police. all
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Sep 17, 2010 4:00am PDT
into the northeast. the storm produced at least 11 tornadoes. one person died in west virginia. >>> and major cleanup is also under way in parts of the northeast after a deadly series of storms moved through. one person was killed in new york, when a tree fell on her car. >>> the white house rolls out a new report on how billions of dollars in stimulus money is being spent. it is an effort to blunt criticism about the economy from the republicans. >>> yom kippur, the jewish day of atonement begins at sundown tonight. jews around the world will atone and fast on what is the most solemn observance of the year. >>> and prince williamom flightl from flight school today. he's spent the last 18 months training to be a search and rescue pilot in the air force. >>> and coming up later on "good morning america," interesting story here. the sleeping on the job make you a better employee? there's a new trend among companies to allow, even encourage workers, to get shut-eye on the clock. does it work? >> i have a feeling i know what the employees think about this idea. >> no kidding. that's not bad at all. take
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Sep 19, 2010 5:30pm PDT
in winchester, virginia, its last u.s. factory producing plain-old incandescent light bulbs. new energy standards will all but ban the bulbs over the next four years. forcing millions to switch to compact fluorescents. most of which are made overseas. it seemed that the invepgs thomas edison perfected 130 years ago is flickering and fading. >> this is edison's private experimental room at the laboratory. he was working on ways improving the electrical lamp. >> reporter: he said that the great inventor would be torn about the change. >> on the one hand, he would have been disappointed. on the other hand, edison was always somebody who was looking forward. one thing that he was very interested in, was there more efficient ways to generate electricity? he would have seen that as the future. >> reporter: the incandescent bulb, notorious for getting by on a few hours of sleep, he wanted to transformed the world into a 24-hour culture by lighting up the night. >> the light bulb going off over your head, that's representing edison and his accomplishment. >> reporter: but it's inefficient. they
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Sep 20, 2010 4:00am PDT
a less than glowing end. this week, ge is shutting this plant in winchester, virginia, its last u.s. factory producing plain old incandescent light bulbs. new energy standards will all but ban the bulbs over the next four years, forcing millions to switch to compact fluorescents, most of which are made overseas. seems the invention that thomas edison perfected 130 years ago is flickering and fading. >> this is edison's private experimental room, one of the things he was working on a lot in the late 1880s and early 1890s were ways of improving the electric lamp. >> reporter: paul israel says the great inventor would be torn about the change. >> on the one hand, he would have been disappointed. on the other hand, one of the things he was very interested in was were there more efficient ways to generate electricity. so he would have seen that as the future. >>reporter: the incandescent bulb might be edison's most important innovation. notorious for getting by ofew h few hours' sleep, he wanted to transform the world into a 24-hour culture by lighting up the night. but the old incande
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Sep 22, 2010 4:00am PDT
female executed in virginia in nearly a censhe was. she was convicted of hiring two men to kill her husban stepsoand stepson back in 2002. the supreme court is refusing to block the lethal injection she is set to receive tomorrow. lewis' attorney argued she should be spared because she is borderline mentally retarded. >>> two, key components of the health care overhaul are set to take effect tomorrow. this morning's "l.a. times" reports some major insurance companies are going to stop selling policies for children, rather than comply with the new provision in the law. with more on the other aspects, here is karen travers. >> reporter: starting tomorrow, young adults will be able to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26. insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions. insurers must provide preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies without requiring co-pays. and insurance companies can no longer drop people when they get sick. the only reason to rescind coverage is in cases of fraud. support for the over
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Sep 24, 2010 7:00am PDT
're looking at a landfall in belize. after that we'latch aftetail.t we'latch >>> the state of virginia carried th p last night in the sate' execution of a womain a century. now executions aren't terribly uncomm this is the third one in 2010, but this particular case is reigniting the debate over crime and punisment jim sciutto is in virginia with this. good morning, jim. >> reporter: robin, good morning. we're hearing of a harrowing scene in "l" block behind me. eyewitnesses i've spoken with described lewis as terrified and trembling as she entered the chamber. she turned down a sedative offered to death row inmates. a guard tapping her on the shoulder to calm her as she w put to death. it's here inside this cramped death chamber where teresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in 98 years. >> the execution of teresa lewis has been carried out in the manner as prescribed by the laws of the commonwealth of virginia. >> reporter: just outside supporters including her minister of seven years kept a sad vigil. when you met with her for a final time, did you have a sense that she was
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Sep 22, 2010 2:05am PDT
with the latest. >> reporter: later today, president obama heads to northern virginia to mark the six-month anniversary of the health care reform law, hailing some of the new protections that take effect this week. 4-year-old myra rakers' life will change this thursday in ways she's probably too young to understand. >> in the next couple of days, the most sweeping set of consumer protections go into law. >> reporter: protections like a ban on insurance companies imposing a lifetime limit on essential health benefits. just four years into her life, myra has had a kidney transplant and already hit her $500,000 lifetime coverage cap. >> they won't pay the claims. >> reporter: come september 23rd the insurance companies won't have a choice. >> just a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. >> reporter: insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to children even if they have pre-existing conditions, or stop providing coverage to customers because of technical errors on past applications. of course, these consumer protections don't come without a cost. >> impact is likely
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Sep 3, 2010 2:05am PDT
and be prepared but don't panic. >> reporter: massachusetts, along with maryland, virginia, north carolina, remain under states of emergency. despite the mandatory evacuations ordered for three coastal counties in north carolina, many here are sticking it out. >> we've got another thing of milk downstairs. we're marinating some chicken. >> reporter: late thursday, that state's governor told residents it's not too late to leave. >> if you're on the outer banks still and you're a resident or a visitor you still have time to leave the banks and you still have time to get to a safer place. >> reporter: some took that advice. >> i think it's a serious hurricane. it could get real dangerous in a hurry. so why take a chance? >> reporter: cape cod, massachusetts, is home to 500,000 summer residents. and though a hurricane hitting the northeast is a once in a generation event, authorities there promise they'll be ready. >> we are in position to rapidly respond to meet the needs of the local communities, whether they be for continued sheltering, debris management, life safety,
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Sep 8, 2010 6:00pm PDT
down, customers have to mail tickets to virginia. however, because she went through hassle, ticket master made an expepgs. -- exception saying we regret consumer inconvenience and the situation was resolved as soon as we're made aware. katie e mail aid copy toickit master ask received this credit to her account. four tickets, $109 each. $436. >> i thank you for helping me. i feel a great sense of relief. and i'm happy. when u 2 comes back, i'll be back getting more tickets, probably. >> how do you get around this? purchase your tickets online. just go back, request money and the refund goes back into your pocket. >> thank you. >> sure. >> coming up next, nasa rewrites the history of life on mars. >>> a discovery almost made 35 years ago. man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on! woman: ooh... that will go with those lamps my mother gave us. or we could get some new lamps. or we could get no sofa. negotiating, eh? you got it! how about a nice home for our tv? how about doors to hide that drive-in theater? how about a cowhide rug? yee-haw! and the snacks? get their own pla
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Sep 25, 2010 4:00pm PDT
as many times as we want. >> reporter: the racist, obscene calls continued. in virginia, in a case of mistaken identity, another customer had similar rough found tactics. >> can't pick up the phone now? huh? what? little punk. >> reporter: brocks said he received calls like that for months until they finally realized they had the wrong bank of america customer. >> i had no way to put an end to the phone calls. >> reporter: the calls to the bank of america customers came from a debt collection agency, a. c. t. in texas. one of the debt collectors who made the offensive calls, a company supervisor, testified in a lawsuit that he was hired there just seven months after leaving prison. >> a prison mentality. these are the people a.c.t. chose to hire to collect debt for bank of america. >> reporter: the company says the callers were rogue operators and it has since improved oversight. >> what happened did not represent the policies and the work that our employees do. >> reporter: but a jury held both the callers and a.c.t. responsible in a verdict of more than $1.5 million. yet, bank of
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Sep 27, 2010 4:30am PDT
2100 guns connected to crimes in other states. the others listed are georgia, florida, virginia, texas, indiana ohio personal, north carolina and arizona. criminals and gun traffickers may favor states with more relaxed gun laws. >> the city of oakland has received three federal grants from the department of justice to help curb the violence in that city. the largest of the grants worth $2.2 million and aimed at juvenile crime to consider options outside the crimes on the street with a gang. worth $750,000 aimed at helping juveniles and adults who have been incarcerated get back to civilian society. >> many residents in a wisconsin town have evacuated their homes after a century-old levee started to fail. the wisconsin river flooded the only road in and out of one named in the town of portage. it threatened to strand hundreds in their houses. water is leaking from a nearby levee although it has not completely collapsed. it's made up of several dikes built mainly out of sand during the 1890s. >> that was one of the problems in the midwest
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Sep 7, 2010 5:00am PDT
they cage fight in the arena octagon. >> a football game between boise state and virginia tech made tv history last night. it was the first college game televised using the new 3-d technology. earlier sports fans at ricky's sports theater and grill were amazed by a 3-d telecast atsy u.s. tennis open. at least one reached out and tried to grab a player. >> the perspective like you're right there, you can reach out and touch somebody. what we saw is just the beginning. we hear it comes out every six months like a cellphone, upgrade it. >> you might want to hold off a little while. >> to give some time. >> and he may be right. some technical standards haven't been adopted universally. the brand of 3-d glasses may not work properly with the competing brand of television. >> so who is that. >> sharapova. a lot of people doing the same. >> wonder why. just ahead at 6 a.m. hearing concerns. the new report that says simply riding bart may be hazardous to your health. >> plus 7 on your side's michael finney with the truth of allergy-free sheets. >> some parents save our schools, three schools f
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Sep 11, 2010 7:00am PDT
an abc news consultant. he joins us from virginia. richa >> good morning, dan. >> so, even though this koran burning has been called off, do you think the damage has been done? has it made us less safe, do you think? >> it's made us a lot less safe. whenever we do things that support bin laden's theory, that america is at war with islam, that strengthens his recruitment process. so, he's probably recruited thousands of more adherents over the last few weeks, while we argued about a mosque in new york and koran burning. >> there was all this talk when president obama was inaugurated. here's a man whose middle name is hussein. he's spent part of his childhood in a muslim country. he's made a lot of effort to reach out to the muslim world. and in fact, gave an impassioned set of statements on this very issue yesterday. has none of that helped? >> it did help. when he said in his inaugural address, america is not at war with islam, that helped a lot. but the recent controversies have undone all that. and the average muslim in indonesia, or india, or pakistan, could be forgiven for thi
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Sep 19, 2010 8:00am PDT
, indiana, north dakota, arkansas, wisconsin and west virginia. that's a band of strength. >> in some of these states there are tea party candidates. i thought one of the things the republican party was worried about was losing that advantage and perhaps independents or others going for the democratic candidate. >> quite frankly, the fallacy of the moderate democrat is out the window. in 2006 and 2008 the democratic party had huge pickups where they took candidates in very conservative districts and they stood up and they said, i'm a conservative democrat, i think the obama agenda in terms of health care, spending, the proposed taxes that have been thrown around, that fallacy is gone and people are rallying to reject that and say, you know what, we've got to turn back the tide. this is out of hand. the other point i want to make is a lot has been bandied about the republican party of delaware being quote/unquote establishment. nothing could be further from the truth. at the same convention where we nominated and endorsed mike castle, we also endorsed perhaps the most conservative memb
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Sep 24, 2010 6:00am PDT
woman executeded in the u.s. in five years was put to death late last night in virginia. 41-year-old theresa lewis died by injection at the greenville correctional center. she was convicted of hiring two men to shot her husband and son while they were sleeping so she could collect on a million dollar life insurance payout. she apologized it the moments before the execution. the first time they have executed a woman in a century. >> dugard expected back in court possibly to enter an insanity plea. phillip garrido's attorney may announce her client is mentally incompetent to stand trial. if the judge agrees to order a mental evaluation, it will put an immediate stop to the proceedings and could delay the case for years. both garrido and his wife nancy have pleaded not guilty. if garrido's found incompetent, he will be sent to a state medical facility until he is competent to stand trial. >> police at san jose city college have added extra patrols and warning women to be extra aware of their surroundings this morning. that follows an assault on a female student tuesday afternoon on
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Sep 26, 2010 8:00am PDT
, wisconsin, connecticut, west virginia, we're competitive in a lot of places. will we win them all? who knows. the delaware primary was interesting. new candidate, fresh face, i think she's got a good chance of winning. >> i mean she definitely wasn't your candidate. i mean basically they -- one would say that the public -- >> you picked out one. senate race. i just gave you 12 places where we have a chance of beating democrats. >> even in your own state and i want to ask you actually what are the qualifications do these people have? for instance, what is christine o'donnell's qualification for actually governing? what is sharron angle's actual qualification for governing? >> well, they won the primary fair and square against real competition, and they emerged as the nominee. and sharron angle is running no worse than dead even against the majority leader of the senate. i think that's pretty significant. >> and you're not afraid that there might be a turnoff whether it's -- >> am i afraid of having more republicans in the senate? >> no, that wasn't the question. >> of course, not. >> that's n
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Sep 1, 2010 7:00am PDT
, with hurricane watches already issued for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying that after 7 1/2 years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, tea party candidate, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 elections. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. we will get to that. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of the east coast. our team is portioned acros
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Sep 16, 2010 2:05am PDT
of people in the rest of this country felt. it is not just a matter of being in the hills of west virginia. if you were to go to new york city or los angeles, you would find people who have the exact same views and who could articulate them just as angrily as the people did here today--as some of the people did here today. it is not just a small town problem. >> it's home. i love it and i care about it and i did this to show them that i care. i didn't do this to hurt anyone and to exploit anybody. i hoped that they would learn something. oprah: say exactly what you just said to me during commercial break. >> fear overrode all our compassion and our love for the person. oprah: but did you oprah: but did you learn from that experience--of standing up in that audience and being who you were on that day in that audience--to be a little more compassionate? >> oh, yes. >> for sure. >> yes. oprah: you did? >> yes. oprah: you did? >> yes, ma'am. >> i certainly try oprah: ok. well, no matter what you think of mike, you have to admit that it really was so courageous of him to go on nationa
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Sep 17, 2010 7:00am PDT
york city area. they started in ohio. moved think west virginia. and all the way, along the way, there was damage with very powerful storms. live shot out of cleveland, ohio, this morning. we'll show you the same scene. here's what happens now, through the midwest today. there are more storms in line today. we think from the des moines area toward kansas city, there will be powerful storms. chicagoland, the storms will roll north of you there. elsewhere around the nation, there's one or two places we want to highlight. the heat continues throughout the deep south. we have the rain that started yesterday and continues today in the northwest. we're five days away from fall. and it sure will feel like fall throughout the weekend in the new york city area. by the way, rough rip currents this weekend, all along the eastern seaboard, as the big storm, igor, passes by, and all that weather was brought to you by whisk laundry detergent. george? >> thank you, sam. >>> when we come back, nap time. why more companies say it's okay to sleep on the job. stains, down to a science. nouncer ] w
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Sep 23, 2010 2:05am PDT
to be executed in virginia is set to die tonight. the u.s. supreme court refused to block the death sentence for convicted murderer teresa lewis. >>> lawmakers on capitol hill today discuss a serious problem among student athletes. they're considering ways to prevent young athletes from suffering concussions while playing sports. >>> finally this half hour, "forbes" magazine just released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in america. bill gates topped the list with a net worth of $54 billion. >> the list also shows that the rich are in fact getting even richer. abc business news editor dan arnall looks at the trend. >> reporter: the faces are familiar. bill gates. warren buffett. these are america's wealthiest people. topping the famous forbes 400 list of the richest americans again this year. even with the slowly recovering economy, the amount of money it takes to be amongst the 400 has gone up. >> 2008, the cut-off was $1.3 billion. last year $950 million. this year up a bit to $1 billion. it's at least moving up. we'll take that. >> reporter: this year'
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Sep 7, 2010 2:05am PDT
but says it will go ahead with it anyway. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 race horses. four barns near the racetrack in charlestown burned to the ground. workers described a frantic scene as they tried to pull horses to safety as the fire spread. they were able to save nearly 30 of the animals. >>> san francisco police have arrested a daredevil climber who managed to scale a 58-story downtown building. stuntman dan goodwin, also known as skyscraper man, managed to climb up the city's millennium tower and unfurl an american flag at the top. it took goodwin about three hours to scale the 645-foot residential building. goodwin used suction cups, not ropes, for that big climb. >> nothing stopped him. >>> here's another impressive man. a southern california man is nursing some sore feet this morning after setting a new world record for running in the sand. >> christian burke began his trek in hermosa beach at noon on sunday and ran for 24 straight hours. his idea was to raise money for the town's cash-poor schools which face a
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Sep 21, 2010 2:05am PDT
in similar crimes in virginia and ohio. >>> a woman who oregon police say faked an acid attack is now facing theft charges. bethany storro splashed acid on her own face then claimed a strang hadd he she's sill vinge now she's been charged with theft because prosecutors say she took $28,000 in donations. her parents said all the money raised for her will be returned. >>> economists say the recession is over but millions of americans who are still out of work might disagree. president obama is facing some tough questions about th recovery as we head toward midterm elections. here's jake tapper. >> reporter: the president was confronted by the angst of his supporters. participants in a cnbc town hall said they were frustrated by what the man in whom they had invested so much had not been able to accomplish. >> i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that i voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. >> like a lot of people in my generation i was really inspired by you and by your campaign and message that y
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Sep 15, 2010 2:05am PDT
. >>> in charlottesville, virginia, thomas jefferson is getting a bath. >> well, sort of. a bronze statue of jefferson at the university of virginia is being cleaned up. conservation experts have washed the founding father's statue with a mild detergent and then coated the statue with a specially made wax. >> they say that wax prevents corrosion and makes the bronze shine. school administrators admit jefferson was looking shabby and grubby. and the statue needed some repairs. it's time for a makeover because it's been there since 1918. cleaning it also gave them a chance to recast some of the items that have just disappeared over time. he used to have swords and a crown and scales of justice. swords, swords, i always say that word wrong. swords. and a scale of justice. they also said they can fix the marble base. so if you see it, you'll probably notice a few other things by his feet. >> t.j. looking good. more news after this. ♪ i turned to stone when you were gone ♪ he's single, he's great looking and i'm going to introduce you in two weeks. he's a dentist so whiten your teeth.
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Sep 27, 2010 7:00am PDT
's the problem for democrats. ndin we are seeing connecticut and west virginia, to tat havso democratic states, now moving in the direction of republicans. if they can pick up either one of those they can offset washington or california. >> at least one poll i've seen has the republican in >> and the reps a million dollathat beginningd. republicans need to get 39 seats overall in order to get control. >> yeah, and here's what's happin remember, this is the battleground. these are the toss-up races. they could go either way. this is shrinking and since we last spoke, george, seven fewer toss-up races all seven moved in republicans, so're saying this morning is a republican takeover of the is of the house is looking significantly more likely. in fact, they'd only have to win half of those tossups to get control of the house. >> jon karl, thanks very much. robin? >>> elsewhere a hearing scheduled in washington state against the first of five u.s. army soldiers accused of murdering civilians in afghanistan. the charges against the men are shoc the soldisi good morning, brian. >> good morning, robi
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Sep 29, 2010 7:00am PDT
campaign mode. call it his glory days tour. he's in iowa and virginia today, two of his key states from 2008. last night he had a huge college rally in wisconsin, trying to target the voters who surged the polls but have been sitting this year out. and the big question is, can he recapture some of that 2008 magic? because this has been the tea party's year. >> it certainly has. >>> also this morning, strong charges coming from a man accusing that popular pastor in atlanta of sex abuse. we'll hear explosive charges from a 23-year-old who says bishop eddie long is a predator. that's the word he used. that is coming up in a moment. >>> we begin with the latest tropical weather brewing off of florida this morning. it's set to make a run up the east coast and could cause serious flooding. sam is tracking it for us at the weather board. >> good morning, george and robin. we'll talk a little about this storm. it is tropical depression 16. if you're looking for it to kind of perform like a big tropical storm, it's not. but it's going to drop a lot of heavy rain. take a look at
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Sep 30, 2010 7:00am PDT
with lorena bobbitt. so, i tracked her down in virginia to talk about what happened after all those cameras went away. it was the headline felt around the world. >> the woman who cut off her husband's penis. >> lorena bobbitt. >> lorena bobbitt. >> court case that has attracted international attention. >> last thing i remember, i woke up. she just cut it off. >> why that part of his body? >> i don't know why. i know he hurt me. >> reporter: 24-year-old lorena bobbitt said she had been sexually assaulted by her husband one too many times. so, she struck back with a kitchen knife, while her husband slept. >> years of violence and abuse that she was unable to overcome her impulse to defend herself. >> reporter: while lo chargemalisund he was charged with marital buswas charged with marital the trials transfixed america. joking about the bobbitts became a national pastime. and while both were found not guilty, lorena was evaluated, 45 days in a psychiatric institution. eventually, the frenzy died down. that was lorena then. and this is lorena now, 17 years later. a shy and petite 41-year-old mo
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Sep 2, 2010 2:05am PDT
: north carolina, virginia, and maryland are all under states of emergency. fema is already shipping bottled water, generators and 300,000 meals to north carolina and massachusetts. cape cod is also in the path of earl and home to 500,000 summer residents. >> we could see watches and warnings continue to move up the east coast. that's why it's so important for residents to have evacuation plans ready to go if the evacuation orders are called for. >> reporter: the last time a hurricane posed such a threat to the east coast was in 1991, when hurricane bob caused an estimated $620 million in damage. t.j. winick, abc news, pine knoll shores, north carolina. >>> now to the path of hurricane earl, which is something much of the east coast is keeping a very close eye on. >> no doubt about that. accuweather's ava dinges is tracking the storm for us. good morning, ava. >> good morning, mike and rob. hurricane earl, the first hurricane of the 2010 season to thest, t no contes tcraswavs and surf along the southeast coast. on its heels, tropical storm fiona really not much
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Sep 8, 2010 7:00am PDT
will be brought in from new york, pennsylvania and virginia, in hopes of creating tranquility in the middle of a brusling city. like a little oasis. >> the trees will rise so high that they create a beautiful canopy along the plaza. it's meant to create a peaceful environment to remember those who were lost. >> reporter: and in the heart of the world trade center site, a memorial museum. those of us who were here, will never forget those images. some of them were quite graphic. how do you go about determining what you're going to put on display? >> what happened was tragic and gruesome and -- painful isn't quite the right word. took thousands of lives. and you shouldn't sugar-coat what happened. this was an attack on freedom. not just on new york. not just on america. it was an attack on you and your right to vote and to play and to say what you want to say. and there's nothing -- no easy ways to say this. >> reporter: a continuing work of progress. the committee hopes to have the three-quarters of the site done by the tenth anniversary of 9/11. the reflecting pools, the largest in the coun
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Sep 14, 2010 2:05am PDT
: the president met with middle-class voters in fairfax, virginia. >> i'm a massage therapist. >> i've got a crick in my neck right here. >> i bet you do. >> reporter: and there he continued to push the idea that republicans have a stranglehold on a middle-class tax cut and are holding it hostage until it's extended to wealthier americans as well. >> because wages and incomes had flatlined for middle-class families, they should definitely get an extension of the tax cuts that were instituted in 2001, 2003. >> reporter: over the weekend house republican leader john boehner essentially gave in, saying he'd go along with continuing those bush tax cuts for middle-class voters even if the cuts for higher wage earners are allowed to expire. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but leader boehner realized he was out on a limb all by himself. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said senate republicans are united against any tax increase. >> only in washington could someone propose a tax hike as an ant
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